Magazine article Screen International

Ostlund's Play Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Ostlund's Play Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

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Ruben Ostlund and producer Erik Hemmendorff will receive the $61,000 award.

For the second year, the Nordic Council's Film Prize - the largest in Scandinavia, which comes with a $61,000 (DKK 350,000) cheque for the writer, director and producer - goes to Sweden: the winner announced in Oslo today (October 9) is Swedish director Ruben Östlund's Play.Writer-director Östlund and producer Erik Hemmendorff, of Plattform Produktion, will receive the award at the Nordic Council's session in Helsinki on October. Last year Swedish actress-director Pernilla August was honoured for her directorial feature debut, Beyond (Svinalängorna)."The film confirms Östlund as one of today's most original Nordic filmmakers. The stylistic imagery, the relentless pace of the story, the astounding performances from non-professionals make Play a gut wrenching drama that prompts us to reflect on important issues in modern society," said the Nordic jury. …

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